St. Katharine of
Wayne, PA USA
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Policy on Abuse and Harassment
II. Reporting of Incidents of Suspected Abuse
III.Guidelines for Parish Staff (Religious and Lay) and Volunteers Concerning Interaction with Children and Others
IV. Parish Policy of Assistance to Those Who Have Been Abused
To ensure the continued safety and well being of the children of the parish as well as other children and individuals using the parish facilities by (1) developing standards regulating parish clergy, other staff and volunteers in each segment of the parish in their relationships with children and other individuals with whom they come in contact, (2) establishing processes for dealing with any allegation of sexual and other abuse in such relationships and (3) obtaining the input and approval of the Pastor and the Archdiocese of such standards and processes.
In Pennsylvania, school personnel and other persons who supervise children are generally required to report suspected incidents of child abuse to appropriate authorities. St. Katharine's parish school and its personnel are within the scope of these laws, and are required to make reports to authorities as appropriate. While the many sponsored activities of St. katharine's are not subject to these requirements of law the parish will voluntarily work within the reporting requirements of these laws for all parish activities, and concerning all parish staff and volunteers who are involved in the supervision of children. A statement of the requirements of reporting under Pennsylvania law will be provided to all parish employees, staff and volunteers who regularly participate in the supervision of children.
In order to maintain the integrity of this system, St. Katharine's will designate contact points with responsibility for providing direct reports to appropriate authorities of suspected child abuse. They currently are:
These contact persons will report suspected suspected child abuse to appropriate authorities and can act independently of one another, so as to ensure that any and all incidents of suspected abuse within the realm of this policy are reported to appropriate authorities as set forth in Pennsylvania law, and also report it to the authorities in accord with Archdiocesan guidelines. Any allegation of abuse reported to one contact person will thereafter be reported to the other contact person promptly after a report to authorities, except where the Pastor is the subject of the allegation. Any person who is the subject of a report to authorities will be excused from parish-sponsored activities with children until the authorities have concluded the investigative process under Pennsylvania law.
It is the policy of St. Katharine of Siena parish and School to maintain an environment free from any form of child abuse. All parish staff (religious and lay) and volunteers of the parish have a duty to report suspected child abuse to the Pastor or other designated contact persons as listed under Section II, whether that suspected abuse stems from the child's home or from another source.
In general, child abuse is defined as:
St. Katharine of Siena Parish prohibits harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or economic status by any member of its staff or volunteers. Harassment includes verbal or physical conduct that has the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Such conduct may include epithets, slurs, hostile or intimidating acts, and the display or aversion to individuals or to a particular group.
This policy expressly prohibits sexual harassment which consists of inappropriate sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct, or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may be from subtle pressure to physical assault. Sexual harassment includes:
The following guidelines apply to parish staff (religious and lay) and volunteers:
Upon receipt of a report of suspected abuse, the contact person will offer a list of counselors, psychologists, social workers who are certified to provide appropriate assistance to those concerned.
October 17, 2002